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Would you like to meet an extraordinary woman? At the
age of 20 her album The Sound Of White debuted at
#1 on the Australian charts and was certified platinum in just
four days. Her upcoming national tour sold out with extra shows
needing to be added to the schedule. Following came
nominations for Best Video, Best Single, Best Pop Release and
Best Female Artist at this year's ARIA Awards. And that was all
in one week! LOTL readers, please meet Missy Higgins.
What were you doing when you heard the news 'Scar' & The
Sound of White were number one? I'd just come off the stage
at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney. My manager didn't want
anyone to tell me first so everyone was ushering me into my
dressing-room and telling me I couldn't talk to my friends! I
was thinking, this is way too rock-n-roll for my liking, but I got
into my room and a bottle of champagne was waiting for me
along with some very good news.
Besides your guitar, what else can't you live without?
Comfort clothes, like my tracky dacks and my hoody for
hanging around my hotel room.
How did your backpacking experience help prepare you for
life as a recording artist? I guess I became an expert at living
out of a suitcase (or backpack as it was)! One of the best things
I realised overseas was how small I am in the whole scheme of
things. It's easy to forget that you're no more important than
anyone else, especially in the entertainment industry.
Did you take your guitar with you and do any busking/
gigs? I took my guitar with me but I didn't busk or do any
gigs. There was the occasional night when the guitar came
out or I was pushed into the corner of a bar where the piano
stood and expected to play a sing-a-long song. But I try to
avoid those moments as much as possible.
You've supported some amazing Australian artists including
John Butler Trio, Pete Murray, The Waifs and george. What
have you learned from them? Support-act etiquette No.317:
do not take the main act's offer for one of their beers as an
invitation to bring your entire family/circle of friends/and
then some back to their dressing room, while they're on
stage, to drink and eat their entire rider and force them to
buy their own drinks from the bar when they come off stage.
'Scar' deals with pigeonholing. Why do you think it's human
nature for people to do this? I think it's human nature to want
to understand everything that is around us, it makes us feel
safer. If we can't understand it, we try and find the closest
thing we know to it, and put it in that category. And if there's
no category nearby, we panic. Most people are comparers.
And if it doesn't compare, we reject it.
Is the song about your own experiences? Yes.
If so, do you think the mentioned guy & gal know who they
are? No, I don't think they do and I hope they never will!!
Who are some of your favourite songwriters and why?
Fleetwood Mac, Patty Griffin, the Beatles and so many
more. Every songwriter I love is a story-teller and tells their
story not only through lyrics but also through their melody.
They are also ever changing and show no fear in
developing their style and going down different paths
throughout their career.
How does the song writing process happen for you? Usually
I just sit down at the piano or with a guitar and start
strumming or playing until I hit a chord that inspires me.
Then I'll start humming and the melody, along with the lyrics,
usually comes fairly subconsciously.
NIC VAN DYKE MEETS A RISING STAR.
OCTOBER 7th Trocadero, Gold Coast 8th Great Northern Hotel,
Byron Bay 9th The Tivoli, Brisbane 10th Northern Star, Newcastle
13th Heritage Hotel, Wollongong 14th The Clarendon Katoomba
15th The Metro, Sydney 16th Corner Hotel, Melbourne
21st Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide 22nd The Roxy Theatre,
Parramatta, Sydney 25th The Metro, Sydney
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